Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shepherd's Pi (Pie)

In honor of Pi day (3-14) I made a shepherd's pi (pie).  In my house you must celebrate Pi day.  This year, instead of a high fat, chemical ridden store bought pie, I made a pie for dinner and then put the pi symbol on the top.  Everyone loves it and thinks it is so cool!

Shepherd's Pi (Pie)
Serves 6


•1 lb Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
•1 clove garlic, whole, plus 1 tsp garlic, minced, divided
•2/3 cup buttermilk
•1 tbsp chives, chopped
•Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
•4 tsp olive oil, divided
•1 lb lean ground turkey breast (I used extra lean ground beef)
•1 yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
•3 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into half moons (about 1 cup)
•1 celery stalk, diced (about 1/3 cup)
•1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
•1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
•1 tbsp tomato paste
•1/2 cup frozen peas (I used frozen mixed  veggies)


1.Preheat oven to 375°F.

2.Bring potatoes and whole garlic clove to a boil in a pot of water set over high heat. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes, then drain well. Mash potatoes and garlic with a potato masher, ricer or food mill until smooth. Add buttermilk and chives and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3.Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add turkey and cook, stirring often and breaking meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until no pink remains, about 8 minutes. Drain and discard fat; set turkey aside.

4.Heat 2 tsp oil in skillet over same heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. Add reserved turkey, broth and tomato paste and continue to cook until most of liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Stir in peas, transfer mixture to a shallow baking dish and cover with mashed potatoes in an even layer. Run a fork over top of potatoes in a crosshatch pattern or swirl with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Brush top with remaining 1 tsp oil and bake in oven until filling is bubbling and top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe from:
Weight Watchers:  4 pp+ for 1/6 of recipe
Nutrients per 1½-cup serving: Calories: 160 Total Fat: 4 g, Sat. Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 20 g, Sodium: 150 mg, Cholesterol: 40 mg

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